Pistons vs. Trail Blazers - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (16-4) at Detroit Pistons (3-18)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +7.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSDT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons play Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Portland Trail Blazers have won four straight games and are playing their best ball of the season. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 103.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96 points on 43.4 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland with 22.3 points and 9.9 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 19.9 points and 6.3 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and Robin Lopez is grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers are Top 10 in both points scored and points allowed, and they have lost just one game over the last month. The Trail Blazers are the top rebounding team with 47.3 boards per game and have won 10 straight when scoring 100-plus points.
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The Detroit Pistons have lost 12 straight games and at this point would be better off tanking the rest of the way. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 93.1 points on 40.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Greg Monroe leads Detroit with 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while Brandon Jennings is averaging 14.2 points and 6.2 assists. Josh Smith is shooting 38.1 percent from the field and Andre Drummond is averaging 11.7 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons inability to score the basketball has been painful, as they’re shooting just 38.3 percent from the field in their last five games. The Pistons have topped 100 points just three times this season and have shown little signs of turning things around. The schedule for the next couple of weeks also don’t help Detroit.
The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Detroit and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Detroit Pistons are a sinking ship this season and it's hard to belive they can hang with one of the better teams in the NBA. I look for the Trail Blazers to win this thing by double digits.